PLEASE NOTE: We've updated the final announcement date - winners will be announced June 10th at 3pm ET.  



Tired of partisan bickering? Feel your voice is left out of our democracy? Have a great idea about how we can all work together?

Then Looking@Democracy is the national competition for you! 
The Looking@Democracy challenge is offering a total of $100,000 in prize money for short, provocative media submissions designed to spark a national conversation about how we can all come together to strengthen American democracy.  Here’s how the competition works:

 Create and send us short digital media content that either:

(a) Tells a story about why government is important to our lives, or
(b) Tells how we might together strengthen American democracy. 

Your submission can come in many formats such as short videos, audio stories, animation, music videos, public service announcements, infographics, graphic art, even Facebook and iPhone apps. They all just need to be digital so they can be shared electronically– the rest is up to YOU!

We’re looking to hear from independent media makers, investigative reporters, students, graphic designers, artists - anyone with creative ideas to help engage Americans and shift the political discussion in a fresh and engaging way.

Use your creativity to share your vision of how to make government work to improve our nation, our communities, and our lives.  


Please read the full rules for eligibility.


Please read the full rules for submission requirements.

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$100,000 in prizes

First Place for Best Entry

Second Place for Best Entry

Third Place for Best Entry

Special Judges Selection: Best Emerging Artist

People's Choice Award

Emerging Artists / Honorable Mention (6)

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:

How to enter

Entries must be submitted by 3pm Eastern Time on April 30th, 2013, using the application form on this site.

Submissions may consist of a short (generally three minutes or less), creative media piece (video, audio, graphic, animation, photo, data visualization, social media or mobile game). 

Click HERE for more possible ideas to get you started thinking about your submission.

 Questions? Contact LookingAtDemocracy@prairie.org


Kevin Coval

Kevin Coval
Author and Co-Founder & Artistic Director / Louder Than a Bomb: The Chicago Teen Poetry Festival

Maria Hinojosa

Maria Hinojosa
Journalist, Author and Managing Editor and Host / Public Radio's Latino USA

Byron Hurt

Byron Hurt
Filmmaker, Writer, Anti-Sexist Activist

Ian Inaba

Ian Inaba
Executive Director / Citizen Engagement Laboratory

Wendy Levy

Wendy Levy
Co-Founder / Sparkwise

Judging Criteria

  • Creativity
    Is the submission inventive? Interesting? Fun?
  • Education
    Does the submission help educate the public around a compelling theme related to government and democracy?
  • Presentation
    Does the submission present information in an effective way?

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